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Liberal Arts Requirements

1. History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) - 12 credits required
  1. HAVC-H101 History of Art and Visual Culture 1 3 credits (Required for graduation for all undergraduates, including transfers. There are no waivers for HAVC-H101.)
  2. HAVC-H102 History of Art and Visual Culture 2 (Topics), or equivalent 3 credits
  3. HAVC Elective 3 credits
  4. HAVC Elective 3 credits

Please note: Courses designated as LAEL do not count toward HAVC credit, with the exception of the LAEL studio history courses specifically approved for HAVC credit for majors.

2. Literary Arts and Studies (LAS) - 9 credits required
  1. LAS-E101 Literature Seminar: Design in Words 3 credits (Required for graduation for all undergraduates, including transfers. There are no waivers for LAS-E101 except for transfer students who have taken an equivalent college course.)
  2. LAS Elective 3 credits
  3. LAS Elective 3 credits

Please note: Courses designated as LAEL do not count toward LAS credit.

3. History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS) - 9 credits required

HPSS courses may include anthropology, economics, geography, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, and sociology.

  1. HPSS-S101 Topics in History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences 3 credits (Required for graduation for all undergraduates, including transfers. There are no waivers for HPSS-S101 except for transfer students who have taken an equivalent college course.)
  2. HPSS Elective 3 credits
  3. HPSS Elective 3 credits

Please note: Courses designated as LAEL do not count toward HPSS credit.

4. Liberal Arts Electives - 12 credits required

Liberal Arts elective courses may include HAVC, LAS, HPSS, LAEL, language, math, music theory, and science.

  1. Liberal Arts Elective 3 credits
  2. Liberal Arts Elective 3 credits
  3. Liberal Arts Elective 3 credits
  4. Liberal Arts Elective 3 credits

Total Liberal Arts credits granted upon completion of requirements: 42 credits

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